Sunday, November 06, 2016

Updated machine covers

I recently purchased a new sewing machine. It is somewhat larger than my old one, so the machine cover I made just over a year ago did no tfit it.  It seemed a shame to get rid of the cover after I had put in the effort to make it, so I converted it into a cover for my main overlocker. This involved opening up the top of the cover, and cutting some away. The overlocker has a narrower but deeper footprint, and is a bit taller than my old sewing machine. I therefore added a little to the height of the front and back of the cover, and made a new top to match the new footprint. When I sewed this in place, I retained two of the side seams as corners.

Here is the repurposed cover on the overlocker:

Meanwhile, this left the new machine without a cover (apart from the rigid plastic cover it came with), so I made use of some blue patchwork I had been working on for a cover for the overlocker. It needed to be made wider, and have more strips added, and I also needed to make end pieces. Here it is:


So now my machines can be protected from the dust when not in use.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tank Top with Racer Back – Garment Designer Pattern

Someone recently asked about making a pattern for a tank top with a racer back. Here is how I would do this using Garment Designer.
Start with a Contoured top, Sleeveless, with a Scoop neck and a Wide neck style & choose the level of fit you want.
To narrow the shoulder strap, select the segment at the top of the armhole and move it inwards, taking care to keep the garment shoulder parallel to the sloper shoulder (the green line). You may also want to move the point where the neck meets the shoulder over if the Wide neckline hasn’t made it as wide as  you want – you want the shoulder strap to be at about the middle of your shoulder.
Looking at this garment, I decided that the back neckline needs to be moved down. I turned off Front/Back symmetry so I would not affect the front neckline.
Now for the racer back. I already have Front/Back symmetry off, so selecting the point between the two segments of the back armhole will only affect the back of the garment. Move this point towards the centre back as much as you want the cutaway portion to be. I also moved the point down to get the angle I wanted at the top of the strap.
To get a better shape armhole, I adjusted the curve control points as well.
The final pattern with seam allowances: (I would probably adjust the top of the armhole once printed out to get a smooth curve.)